Robert Markowitz's career as a director is notable for his work with a wide variety of distinguished actors and projects. Under his direction, actors have received more than a dozen Emmy® nominations for their performances, with several Emmy® winners among them. Markowitz directed the feature film Voices, starring Amy Irving and Michael Ontkean, in 1979 and has since gone on to direct numerous telefilms, miniseries and documentaries, including HBO's The Tuskegee Airmen, starring Laurence Fishburne, Andre Braugher and Cuba Gooding Jr., for which he won a Peabody Award and a CableACE, and was nominated for a DGA Award. His additional credits include The Pilot's Wife, starring Christine Lahti; The Big Heist, starring Donald Sutherland and John Heard; The Great Gatsby, starring Mira Sorvino, Toby Stephens, Martin Donovan and Paul Rudd; Small Vices; Nicholas' Gift, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, who earned an Emmy® nomination for her performance; Into Thin Air: Death on Everest; TNT's David; Because Mommy Works; Twilight Zone: Rod Serling's Lost Classics; Murder in the Heartland, starring Tim Roth, Fairuza Balk, Brian Dennehy and Randy Quaid; Afterburn, which was nominated for CableACEs in five categories, including best picture and best director; Love, Lies and Murder; Decoration Day, which earned Markowitz an Emmy® nomination and earned both him and Robert Garner a Golden Globe Award; Too Young to Die, starring Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis; A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story; A Dangerous Life; Alex: The Life of a Child; The Phantom of the Opera; The Wall, for which he received a Peabody Award; Pray TV, starring Ned Beatty; and The Deadliest Season, starring Michael Moriarty and Meryl Streep.
Prior to directing made-for-television movies, Markowitz directed numerous documentaries. His first documentary, Face of Genius, a film biography of the playwright Eugene O'Neill, won an Emmy® and was nominated for an Oscar®. He went on to work at CBS News in New York, where he made documentary films about American life, as well as controversial documentaries about such political figures as J. Edgar Hoover and Chicago Mayer Richard Daley. Markowitz made the transition from documentaries to dramatic films with three docu-dramas: Song of Myself, about the life of poet Walt Whitman; With All Deliberate Speed, about the case that went to the U.S. Supreme Court and ultimately resulted in the desegregation of Southern schools; and The 34th Star, about the early history of the state of Kansas.